Organised by the AA and the Paul Mellon Centre

AA XX 100: AA Women and Architecture in Context 1917-2017

Series: AA XX 100
Date: Saturday 4 November 2017
Time: 10:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 0 mins

02-04 November 2017

An international conference convened by the Architectural Association and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art with an exciting line-up of paper presentations, panel discussions, building visits, walking tours and an open jury to celebrate the centenary of women at the AA.

The conference runs 2-4 November 2017 and takes place at the Architectural Association and the Paul Mellon Centre in Bedford Square, London, W.C.1 

Conference team for AA XX 100: 
Dr. Elizabeth Darling & Dr. Lynne Walker
Manijeh Verghese (Architectural Association)
Ella Fleming & Dr. Sarah Turner (Paul Mellon Centre) 

Ticketing for the AAXX100 conference is now live! Visit to buy your tickets and download a programme with the exciting line-up of speakers and panel discussions across the three days including a welcome keynote by AA Interim Director Samantha Hardingham and architect Sadie Morgan of dRMM Architects and a keynote panel discussion between Matrix, muf architecture and Parlour.
(£60/ £30 for students for the three day programme or £30 per day for a day ticket to buy on the door/ £15 for students

There are also 10 free student places sponsored by SAHGB. To apply for a place, please ask your tutor to write a short 100 word statement in support of your application and mention your name, year, university and course. Please send these statements to: by 10am on Friday 20th October

Conference delegates, AA members, and C20 Society members are also invited to sign up for a 2-day tour '100 Years of Women in Architecture' organised to follow on from the AA XX 100 conference. For more information about the tour and how to book a place to attend, please visit:



09:30-11.00: Registration & coffee

11.00-12.30: Welcome Keynote
Being First: Samantha Hardingham in conversation with Sadie Morgan 

12.30 - 2.00: LUNCH at the Paul Mellon Centre

14.00-15.00: Education & Educators (Chaired by Harriet Harriss, RCA):
Julia Gatley (The University of Auckland): ‘100 Years of Architecture at the University of Auckland: What has it meant for Women?
Silvana Taher (The Architectural Association): Educating the Educators or When Education Fails.

15.00-15.30: Tea

15.30-17.30: Difference, Diversity, Discrimination (Chaired by Elsie Owusu OBE)
Lori Brown (Syracuse University): ‘Diversity & Difference: Writing Transnational Histories of Women and Architecture.’
Rachel Lee (Institute of Art History, LMU Munich)/Anooradha Siddiqi (New York University): ‘Extreme Mobility, Local Practice’
Danna Walker (Built by Us): ‘Talent Unlimited’

18.00-19.30: Conference Reception at the Paul Mellon Centre


9:30-10.30: Collaborations, Collectives and Couples (Chair: Jane Beckett, NYU/London)
Harry Charrington (University of Westminster): ‘Invisible Partners’
Andrea Merrett (Columbia University): ‘Feminism in Action: the Open Design Office’

10.30-11.00: coffee

11.00-12.45: People & Projects (Chair: Sarah Turner, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art)
Paul Makovsky (Metropolis): ‘Total Design: how Florence Knoll revolutionised design and the modern interior.’
Fiona and Ewen McLachlan (E & F McLachlan Architects, Edinburgh): ‘Karla Kowalski: Informal Formality. A reappraisal.’
Ellen Rowley (Tenement Museum Dublin Project): ‘Architectures of Childcare: women architects and civic improvement in 1940s and 50s Dublin.’
Suzanne Ewing (University of Edinburgh): ‘Voices of Experience: Women making modern Scotland.’

12:45 - 2:00 PM: LUNCH in the AA Barrel Vault 

14:00-16.30: Open Jury at the AA


14.00-16.00 at the Paul Mellon Centre: Commemoration/Reclamation/Revision: A Discussion (Chair: Elizabeth Darling, Oxford Brookes University)
Emily Gee (Historic England) / Mary Pepchinski (University of Applied Science, Dresden) / Elke Krasny (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)

17.00 to 17.45: Reception 

17.45: Keynote Panel
Problematising the Profession: Matrix-Muf-Parlour (Chair: Lynne Walker, Institute of Historical Research, University of London)
(speakers: Julia Dwyer, Jos Boys; Liza Fior; Justine Clark, Karen Burns)


10:00-11:30: The Future of Gender (Chair: Mathilda Tham, Goldsmiths University of London)
Maria Paez Gonzalez (The Architectural Association): ‘Gendered Typologies: the possibility of a feminist approach to architectural type.’
Dolores Victoria Ruiz Garrido  (Little Architect): ‘Little Architect: Erasing preconceptions about architecture from inside the education system.’
Katarina Bonnevier & Thérèse Kristiansson (MYCKET, Architecture & Design Centre, Stockholm): ‘An exploration of the promises of architecture beyond gender binaries.’

11.45–1.00: Concluding plenary: Looking to the Future (Chair: Manijeh Verghese, AA): Clementine Blakemore, Stephanie Edwards, Marie-Louise Raue, Albane Duvillier 

All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.

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